Early this morning we left home, headed for a land God has shown to many throughout the ages. We are going to the land where heaven met earth in the person of Jesus, the Messiah. We have been looking forward to this trip for a long time. We have been preparing to fulfill our purpose, a purpose as old as the mankind itself.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…” – Genesis 1:28
Man was created to step out into the world and subdue it by telling the story of God’s glory throughout all of His creation. Over and over again, the Bible introduces us to people who were given a conquest mandate. They were to reflect God’s light everywhere.
Adam & Eve
Noah and his family
One of the principle reasons God chose Israel as His prized possessions was that the Jewish people were to be an example for the whole world. The light of Israel’s relationship with God was to shine throughout the whole world in the darkest of places. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were cause others to want to be in relationship with God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. – John 1:1-5
After waiting for almost 4,000 years, Yeshua left home too! At the appointed time, Jesus stepped out of eternity into the darkness of man’s sin sick present. God tabernacled with humanity among the Jewish people of the 1st Century. His purpose was to take the first steps in defeating Satan forever as was promised in Genesis 3:15. None of this should have been a surprise. All of the prophecies concerning Yeshua’s first coming were accurately predicted by God through the Jewish prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures.
After the Lamb of God’s sacrifice of Himself for the sins of the whole world, Jesus ascended to heaven. But before He left, Yeshua told His followers to follow His example.
Go, and as you are going make disciples of all nations! There was no ambiguity. Jesus was very clear in His expectations of those who would be His disciples. So now our little band of disciples is going to Israel to discover what it looks like to be more than a believer in Jesus. We are going to Israel to continue our training to be His followers by reflecting the light of His glory everywhere we go.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. – Genesis 1:3